Welcome to FrockTalk, the web’s only costume-based movie review site. The goal of Frocktalk is to shed light on the magnificent artistry of costume design in motion pictures. Reviews on this site are written by working costume designers in the entertainment industry – people who know, better than anyone, what it takes to make it all happen. The focus of FrockTalk is not to comment on the big flashy costume dramas, but to call attention to the seemingly ordinary costume design work in film that silently and persuasively moves the audience toward understanding the characters. Costume design for motion pictures is an art form that deserves more recognition than it usually gets. Fancy, pretty costumes do not always equal effective, appropriate costumes. The art of the costume is in letting the audience know who the character is, before the actor even has a chance to open his mouth. Read on, and enjoy. ** CAUTION: ALL REVIEWS CONTAIN SPOILERS! **

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22nd Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Gala at FIDM!

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Man of Steel Superman suit. Costume designers James Acheson and Michael Wilkinson.

Last night was the big opening gala for FIDM’s 22nd annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition.  Frocktalk contributor Lauren Fonville and I tore it up – chatting with designers and ooh-ing and aah-ing over the many beautiful works of costume art on display. The exhibit showcased costumes from twenty-one films of 2013, as well as last year’s Oscar winner, ‘Anna Karenina’.

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Halloween 2013!

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It’s that magical, special time of year, Frocktalkers!  Halloween is almost upon us.  My email inbox is starting to fill up with requests and questions, so I thought I might just cut to the chase with a list of costumes for 2013 that are sure to be a hit at your workplace, party, or trick-or-treating adventure.  In case this is not enough for you, you can see previous years’ lists HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Get your credit cards ready, because I have purchasing links and everything.  And none of it has anything to do with looking like a slut-bag and sacrificing your dignity on some kind of man-made Whoreloween altar.  Here we go:

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Hey Los Angeles! LA Film Festival Starts Tomorrow, 6/13!!!

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Hey Frocktalkers – if you are in LA, don’t miss this opportunity to see some really cool stuff!!! The LA Film Festival runs from June 13 – 23, and it’s kind of a big deal around town.  On June 20, the LA Film Festival and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have teamed up to bring you an amazing panel discussion about costume design called THE ICONIC MOMENT moderated by Laura Dern.  Included in the panel are costume designers Colleen Atwood (Snow White & The Huntsman, Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha), Mark Bridges (The Artist, Silver Linings Playbook, Boogie Nights), Jeffrey Kurland (Inception, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven), and Ellen Mirojnick (Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street, Basic Instinct). This is one of those events you just don’t want to miss.  Tickets available at the LAFF Website.  Also, side note in a shamelessly self-promoting kind of way – two films that I designed are going to be showing at the LAFF:  Winter in the Blood and The Conjuring.  Check it out and see you there!!

 

– KMB

Adventures in Costuming: LA Opera Sale… OMG

So I showed up (with a couple of friends) at the LA Opera sale at about 10:30 AM on Saturday, and this is what we saw.  The line was around the block, and by our estimate, there were over 500 people waiting to get in.

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Comic Con: Day Three – Steampunks!

Detail of a backpack worn by Professor Jager

Detail of a backpack worn by Professor Jager

What is steampunk?  Is it a genre?  A special-interest society?  A sub-culture?  An aesthetic movement?  I think the answer is: yes!  Steampunk has its roots in the Victorian-era science fiction writing of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.  Consider The War of the Worlds (1898), The Invisible Man (1897), and The Time Machine (1895) by Wells, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1872), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1871), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) by Verne.  These books were revolutionary when they came out – it was the birth of science fiction.  Steampunk is born from this period – a time when the world was on the verge of the technological explosion that led to widespread use of electricity and automobiles.  Steampunk captures an era where steam (as a power source) held infinite potential, horse-drawn carriages roamed the land, and brass, leather and wood were king.
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